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OSMH greatly reduces MRI wait times

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(July 19, 2017 – Orillia, ON) Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) has made a significant achievement in the past year of reducing the wait times for patients requiring MRIs.

“At one point, our wait time was around 140 days.  Far above the 28 day provincial target.” said Doug Murray, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer.  “The impact has been great for patients as our wait time has decreased and continues to decrease.”  

Patients are now waiting on average about 15 days for an MRI at OSMH, below the provincial average.  The hospital’s MRI operation has moved from 16 hours Monday through Friday and eight hours on weekends to 24 hours a day Monday to Friday and 12 hours a day on the weekend.    

“We were able to make our MRI operational 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday, after securing funding from our Local Health Integration Network,” stated Jeff Kerk, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at OSMH “We have also altered our staffing model to help accommodate the new service.”

Approximately 90 per cent of patients are now getting their MRI within the provincial average, compared to about 20 per cent not too long ago. 

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Terry Dyni

Director, Community Relations

Tel.: 705-327-9179

Cell:  705-330-7027

E-mail: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) and serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, mental health and rehabilitation services. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.

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